“You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.”
Knock, knock – who’s there? When we confess our sin and ask the Lord to forgive us, His Spirit moves in, makes our spirit come alive, and lives within us. Sometimes I am ashamed of the living conditions the Holy Spirit must endure within me. One of my frequent verses is I John 1:9 because I am in need of frequent cleaning. I have received His Spirit once and for all – but need many fillings of the Spirit because I leak. I recently had the honor of ministering a grave side service for a dear saint. I passed a few tomb stones of people I have known. I don’t have the mind of God, but I knew the living testimony of some of these folks and have no doubt in my heart that I will see them again. Christ lives in me and when I lay down this “earth suit”, I will rise because of what He has done. So when you hear of my demise you can say “Knock, knock” and my Spirit will say “He is now here, He is with the Lord.”
Use the HEAR method as you spend time with today’s scripture.
Highlight – what words or phrases jump out at you
Explain – what does the passage mean?
Apply – how does the passage intersect with your life today?
Respond – how is God leading you to respond?